The Phillie Phanatic made a rare appearance at a Lehigh Valley IronPigs minor league game Wednesday night and got popped in the neck by a line drive. Check out the video:
The Phanatic ended up taking a trip to the hospital as we learned from Sportress of Blogitude, and he was released after being treated. USA Today reports that the man who wears the Phanatic costume, Tom Burgoyne, updated his health status on his Facebook profile:
“Hi Everyone – Thanks for all your posts, texts, emails. The Phanatic is fine. He took one off the neck last night it the Iron Pigs game. Since we’re soooo close, I felt his pain and have a nice golf ball-sized knot just above my eye. Bring on the A’s this weekend — the Phanatic will be ready!”
What should we call that, payback for the Phanatic messing with some fans who didn’t appreciate it? A taste of Karma? I bet you never realized how hazardous to one’s health being a mascot can be.